Jazz Ensembles


Jazz Ensemble I

The Jazz I ensemble is one of two full big bands in the Jazz Studies program. Directed by Dr. Martin Saunders, this group maintains an extremely active performing schedule throughout the year, including local, regional, and international performances. A wide variety of jazz literature is covered by this group, including performing charts from the libraries of great composers like Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, and extending to the more modern compositions of Maria Schneider and Mike Tomaro. Admittance into Jazz I is by audition only.

Jazz Ensemble II

This jazz ensemble is the second full big band in the Jazz Studies program.  Focusing primarily on the staples of jazz literature, the Jazz II ensemble performs standards from across the spectrum of big band jazz music and surveys many different styles and time periods.  Jazz II performs several times per year for various venues, events, and concerts.  Lead by Mr. Jeff Wolfe, this group is open to anyone interested in studying jazz ensemble music and does not require an audition.

Jazz Combos

There are four jazz combo in the Jazz Studies program. Coached by various jazz studies faculty members, the combos are primarily student led and emphasize improvisation and the performance of classic small group jazz literature. Each combo performs several times a year in the Jomie Jazz Forum as well as at university functions and community events.